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May 30, 2011

Hopscotch Quilt: CMQG Kona Challenge

May 30, 2011
Pin It Well, I've done it.  I've gone and quilted the largest playmat ever.  Well, maybe not ever..... but this thing is HUGE!

Our Modern Quilt Guild was given a Kona Charm Pack in the bright color palette.  We were to make a quilt using "Summer Fun" as a theme.  One day in the shower it came to me that I should make my Kona quilt a hopscotch game.  After all, the Twister quilt went over really well.... this would be just as fun.

We were allowed to add one solid for background and one additional print or solid.  At first I chose, a green print from Tweet Tweet by Keiki for Moda.  But after sewing the print into the cornerstones for ALL TEN blocks AND adding the number appliques, I decided I hated the look!!

There was a ton of green in the charm pack and the green print added sensory confusion in my opinion.  I debated just to leave it and finish the darn thing.  (Enter "Angry sewing")  So after a little break from working on it, I decided I couldn't let it alone.

CRAZY = I took all the frames off the center squares, removed the cornerstones, replaced them with Kona Bahama Blue, cut new center squares, repieced the blocks, recut all the numbers, fused 1-10, and zigzaged all the applique.

Yes, I feel really crazy writing it too.


Now I like it.

Here's the back (Amy Butler and Metro Rings, leftover Kona Bahama Blue)

Only problem is....AGAIN, I am giving away another game quilt.  This time to friend having triplets this summer.  So my four-year old is AGAIN denied (I gave away the original Twister quilt too).  He's the perfect age for this.  My two boys have loved playing on it all gloomy rainy spring.

I've really got to fix this for him!

Quilt Stats:
Name: Charmed Hopscotch
Size: 28" x 90"
Design: pieced framed blocks with number applique
Piecing: Me
Quilting: Me -  Stipple on my home machine

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

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May 25, 2011

A Quick Reversible Bag to cure "Angry Sewing"

May 25, 2011
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**Looking for the GiveAway Day post?  Psst - it's here!**

angry sew·ing


the work of one who sews while angry, frustrated, or just fed up.
something that needs to be sewn that causes anger.

Do you know "angry sewing"?  Well, I do.  I recently had a rather large thorn in my side while working on the Kona Challenge Quilt for CMQG.  I had 10 blocks together, had to rip everything out, and start over.  The angry comes in during the ripping out and resewing phase.  I'll show you this finish next week (I wanted to share it on Sew Modern Monday and Fabric Tuesday).  But let me tell you, there were a few choice cuss words uttered while working on it.

In the meantime, I got so frustrated working on the Kona quilt, I decided to completely avoid it for a day or two (even though the deadline was looming).  To make sewing happy again, I decided this bag would do the trick.

It's reversible!  Which is exactly what I had in mind for this fabric found at my recent Quilt Show adventures.  I used 4 fat quarters.

Now I have a fun spring bag!  It's definitely NOT perfect.  I always seem to have some trouble doing curves and bags with shapes other than square.  But as long as no one is inspecting it, I think it's cute.

Best of all, I made it in about 2 hours and it cured the angry sewing.
Lesson learned:  Sometimes an easy instant-gratification sewing project will help you regain your patience for quilting and piecing.

Or in this case, re-piecing.

sorry for the glare - it was a beautiful day yesterday AND these pics were taken by my 4 yr old
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May 18, 2011

Jealous of the Pretty Little Pouches

May 18, 2011
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I've been watching all of you posting your pretty little pouches and I've been SO jealous!!  They all look so adorable!  Unfortunately, I just didn't have time to participate (running 2 swaps here takes up a bit of time), so I decided just to make my own.

It's about 7.5" x 9.5" and made from linen in natural and a few scraps of vintage sheets.  I added some fusible fleece to give it body too.

I made it for a friend of ours we were going to visit in Rochester, NY at the beginning of May.  I think she liked it!

So fun!  I definitely need one of these for myself.  I love whipping up these little projects from my stash.  So even though I'm not in the swap, I was still inspired by all of you!

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May 13, 2011

Tea Caddy Tutorial

May 13, 2011
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Head over to the Moda Bake Shop today and check out my tutorial for this adorable Tea Caddy!
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May 10, 2011

Cafe Mini Quilt

May 10, 2011
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So I've been working on some of these mini quilts to take the opportunity to practice free-motion quilting.  This basically means I want to perfect my stipple.  I've come a long way..... but I've still a long road to go too.  

This one features a Metro Cafe print from Suzy Ultman.  Super cute!  I love the way the gingham brings out the blue coffee cup.

I even cut out a few cups and raw edge appliqued them on the border.  A little bit of spring colors to go around.  This mini quilt was a gift for a friend.

Quilt Stats:
Name: Cafe
Size: 21" x 21"
Design: framed blocks with little applique
Piecing: Me
Quilting: Me -  Stipple on my home machine

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Thanks for a fun discussion yesterday on Tattoos and Quilty Tattoos - it was SO fun reading all your comments!
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May 9, 2011


May 9, 2011
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This conversation has come up several times during dinner, long walks, etc....

The Ohio Star

Hubs:  So.... if you had to get a tattoo, of anything at all, what would you pick?

Me:  (with no hesitation at all)  The Ohio Star.

Hubs:  What is that?!?!?

Me:  It's a quilt block.

Hubs:  Seriously?

Me:  Absolutely.  See?  I'm an Ohio girl... born and raised.  And I love star quilt blocks - so that particular block encompasses who I am as a fabric obsessor and quilting fantatic in the state I grew up in.

Hubs:  (eyeroll) ............... silence............

Hubs:  Well, I'm not getting 26.2.

This conversation makes me laugh.... seeing as I am not the type to get a tat - but somehow Hubs really thinks I'm serious.

He's a marathon runner - and may want to put the distance of the race (26.2 miles) on his car.... but not permanently on his body.  He's been undecided on this tattoo topic since we met 11 years ago, and thus is tat free.

But anyway.....  It got me to thinking....  somebody must have a quilting tattoo....

and I'd bet good money (or should I say out-of-print fabric) there's at least a couple quilting bloggers out there with one....

What would you get?

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May 4, 2011

Pattern Release: Lovely Laundry Bag

May 4, 2011
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I have another pattern I designed ready to show you!  Here is the Lovely Laundry Bag.  If you had a laundry bag like this, wouldn't it make actually doing the laundry less of a chore?

$7.00 USD

These bags are sturdy and easy to put together.  I first decided I needed a laundry bag when traveling with my family and all the dirties were mixed right in the suitcase with everything else!  I needed a way to sort them out and carry them home.  And why not make it pretty too?

These laundry bags whip up easily using jelly roll strips - and if you like applique, you can add a little "Laundry" label to your bag.  Not up for applique?  The plain striped bag looks adorable too.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner, some experience with fusible appliqué  

Make the bags in 3 sizes - 
   Mini 13”x 17”, Standard 22” x 28”, X-Large 29” x 35”

One jelly roll will make one M or XL bag and 3-4 XS bags

And here it is in my "laundry room" aka the hallway between the house and garage.  Not very good lighting here - but you can see it gets some good use when we travel up to visit grandparents!

This pattern consists of 14-pages of instructions plus step-by-step photos AND an applique template sheet.  The pattern comes as an instantly downloadable PDF file once your payment is complete.  The pattern can be purchased by clicking on the Buy Now button above. It will also be available in my Pattern Shop.

Fabric Requirements:

Yardage Requirements
unbleached drill
1 2/3 yard (XL), 1 1/3 yard (M)
½ yard (XS)
1 jelly roll* (2.5” wide strips)
40 - 2.5” wide strips
Appliqué Thread
1 spool to coordinate appliqué
Nylon cording
2 2/3 yards (XL), 2 yards (M), or 1 ½ yard (XS)
Fusible web
¼ yard

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the pattern...
(and because I know someone will ask....Drill is a material that is heavier and more durable than quilting weight cottons, but is lighter than denim or canvas.  It works perfectly for a laundry bag and is available at your large fabric/craft stores.)

Hope you like the Lovely Laundry Bag! 

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